10/4/17: Canon for Congregational Development (Parrish, FL)

What are you looking for?
Canon for Congregational Development
What’s the name of your church or organization?
Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida
Where is the job site located?
Parrish, FL
What do you want this person to do?
The Diocese of Southwest Florida is seventy-seven congregations with thirty-thousand members. Thirteen schools (all levels), and two college chaplaincies are also under our stewardship. In 2018, we will be celebrating our Golden 50th Jubilee. While many of our congregations dot the beach communities on the western coastline of Florida, we also serve the densely-populated Hillsborough-Pinellas County area as well as rural congregations near the center of the state. We have seven congregations where Spanish is the main language, a Haitian/Creole congregation and a Lutheran/Episcopal Congregation. There are seven Deaneries.

The administration of the Diocese is a shared ministry that includes elected and appointed members such as Diocesan Council (the corporate Board of the Diocese), Standing Committee and various other bodies. The Bishop’s work is enhanced by a staff of fifteen. At the center of this administration is the Bishop and three Canons who have “general responsibility” – the CFO (Canon for Administration and Finance) and the Canons for Congregational Development and Ministry Development. Generally, the CFO and the Canons insure that the Bishop is able to undertake an apostolic ministry, that is, they ensure that the normal travels of a bishop do not cause a disruption in the flow of Diocesan life. This requires a deep sense of trust and a working knowledge of the functions of a Diocesan office.


The Canon for Congregational Development reports to the Bishop. The Canon will be a priest with 5 or more years of experience in parish ministry (or the equivalent in Diocesan ministry) and:
• Be able to travel 20-24 thousand miles per year by car
• Possess a knowledge of conflict management and resolution
• Have a working knowledge of the Canons, Title IV in particular
• Serve as a Diocesan Transitions Ministry Minister
• Oversight (or assist in oversight) for: Annual Diocesan Convention (Credentials, Voting, etc.); Deanery Convocations; Committee structure, terms, continuity; Diocesan school for the training of Deacons; Diocesan Program Development (Clergy Conferences, Retreats, etc.)

What type of commitment are you looking for?
  • Full time
Does this job pay?
What is the application process?
Please send a CV, Resume, OTM Portfolio and a cover letter, including three references to Canon Anne Vickers, Canon for Finance and Administration avickers@episcopalswfl.org. Please direct questions about the position to Canon Michael Durning, Canon to the Ordinary, atmdurning@episcopalswfl.org / (941) 556-0315.
When is the application deadline?
Is there a link to the job posting or application somewhere?
Do you have a website?